Over the last few months, a controversy regarding the High Scores of two prominent arcade players has come into question. Todd Rogers was the spark at the beginning of this explosive finding. When his score in Dragster was proved to be fraudulent Twin Galaxies acted accordingly and removed all records held by Rogers.
As it happens, Billy Mitchell, someone who held more High Scores than just about any other player had his high scores brought into question. A thorough investigation was launched by Twin Galaxies into the authenticity of the scores claimed by Mitchell after an extensive claim by Jeremy Young to prove Mr. Mitchell had cheated and used emulators to attain his scores.
To add to the fire for some of the records Billy Mitchell held his only witness to the events was a one Todd Rogers, the same man who was found to have faked his own high scores.
The press release by twin galaxies reads:
Based on the complete body of evidence presented in this official dispute thread, Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously decided to remove all of Billy Mitchell’s’ scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards.
We have notified Guinness World Records of our decision.
On 08-28-2017 Twin Galaxies member Jeremey Young ( @xelnia ) filed a dispute claim assertion against the validity of Billy Mitchell’s historical and current original arcade Donkey Kong score performances of 1,047,200 (the King of Kong “tape”), 1,050,200 (the Mortgage Brokers score), and 1,062,800 (the Boomers score) on the technical basis of a demonstrated impossibility of original unmodified Donkey Kong arcade hardware to produce specific board transition images shown in the videotaped recordings of those adjudicated performances.
It’s safe to guess Billy Mitchell may not be making more appearances at Cons or events, but we do know for certain his name won’t be on any more high scores.